Round seven of the Namoi League will see Narrabri host Wee Waa, while the Elevens head north to tackle Moree.
Injuries and player unavailability have proved a challenge for all four sides in the competition over the past few weeks, with Narrabri finally closing in on a full-strength side.
“The squad is getting near to full strength with only two of our regular starters unavailable this week due to injury and holidays,” coach Neil Brayshaw said.
Wee Waa will present a tough task for the undefeated competition leaders, with Brayshaw well aware of the need for composure on and off the ball.
“A good performance will be keeping possession and making the opponents press towards us,” he said.
“We are a physical side and I know we have the ability to dominate through this aspect of our game as we play hard but fair.”
“Wee Waa are a good attacking side who look to go through you with their speed and ball skill so it will be a challenge to stop them… I believe we have the players to stop them advancing through us.”
At Moree, the Elevens will be out to record their second win of the season. The visitors have only four points to show from the opening six rounds after one win and a draw.
“This weekend we will have to dig deep against Moree as once again we will be short on numbers. Some reserve grade players will be called upon to play two games,” coach Chris Simmons said.
“The game will be won or lost in the first half. A great first half from both grades will ease pressure and boost team confidence. Hopefully leading to some explorative play and some goals.”
At the other end, Moree player/coach Matt Urquhart believes his side can return to the winners’ circle.
“After our loss to Narrabri FC the turnout at training that Monday was fantastic and everyone seemed really determined to build on our performance, however cold and wet weather stopped us in our tracks for that week, but this week we’re still looking good,” he said.
“Our approach for the weekend will be to play to our strengths and not give away possession, for me I’ll be disappointed not to walk away with a win, and a clean sheet will probably keep me happy.”
“Our game will be decided by who’s passes are hitting feet and blokes moving off the ball, if we do that a win will come our way.”